Robert Cushman Barber served as United States Ambassador to Iceland from January 2015 to January 2017.
Rob has, post Iceland, resumed at Prince Lobel his commercial law-based practice, in which he
acts primarily as outside general counsel to entrepreneurs and their enterprises. Rob has helped
start-ups and developing companies, as well as non-profit organizations, on a wide range of
subjects, including internal corporate agreements and documentation, purchase/sale/distribution
transactions, intellectual property licensing and protection, real estate matters, and litigation. He
has broadened his practice to include Icelanders and other foreign individuals and organizations
who seek to initiate or expand their businesses in the United States.
As ambassador to Iceland from January 2015 – January 2017, Rob was President Obama’s
personal representative to Iceland and led the U.S. Embassy-Reykjavik team of Americans and
local staff. Rob was responsible for managing all facets of the diplomatic relationship between
the United States and Iceland and for developing commercial, cultural, educational, and other
collaborations between individuals and organizations in both countries.
Prior to his ambassadorship, Rob was a partner for 30+ years at the Boston firm Looney &
Grossman LLP, where he served on the Management Committee from 1999 to 2007 and as
Managing Partner from 2000 to 2002. Earlier in his legal career, Rob worked four years as an
Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; during his last
year, he co-chaired a special unit that targeted sex traffickers.
Outside the practice of law, Rob has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for many political
campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. He has
served as an officer, trustee, or director of a number of charitable organizations, which currently
include Council for a Livable World, United Nations Association of Greater Boston, and
Andover Alumni Award of Distinction Committee. Rob continues to be a leader in his Phillips
Academy class fundraising and reunion activities and involved in Harvard College alumni